Rey Rey Rodriguez
Rey Rey Rodriguez
Rey Paul Rodriguez
March 13, 1978
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
|Citizenship||United States of America|
|Education||Bachelor’s of Arts in Multimedia|
|Years active||2012 - present|
|Organization||The Mind of Rey Rey|
|Known for||Visual Arts|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
Rey Paul Rodriguez (born 13 March, 1978) better known as Rey Rey Rodriguez is an American photographer, artist, photojournalist, entrepreneur, web-marketing expert, filmmaker, and poet.  Rodriguez is the founder of The Mind of Rey Rey, a multimedia and branding company headquartered in Florida. This company offers services related to photography, videography, graphic design, web design, digital marketing, and fine art sales.
Rodriguez is best known for his artistic style that dwells on a darker side which is inspired by his life experiences and surroundings. He successfully capturs the essence of pain, violence, and lust in his collections of dark, erotic, and horror photography which is visible in his prominent works like When the Devil Calls, Blissful Torment, I Remember, Taking a Trip and The Evil Within. Rodriguez is one of the world’s best known underground visual artists and has worked with several renowned personalities.
Rodriguez has been featured for his work in a number of media outlets including HuffPost, The MMA corner, The Hype Magazine, Vogue Magazine, This is 50, and others.
Early life and education
Rodriguez was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, but throughout his childhood his family moved frequently. In South Florida, he attended Miramar High School, where as a freshman Rodriguez found his passion for art. This new found love was triggered with Rodriguez’s hobby of writing poems and how they were conceived by his peers. Unfortunately, Rodriguez dropped out of high school in his senior year.
In 2003, Rodriguez enrolled in Broward Community College, where he pursued his associate’s degree in Science, majoring in Emergency Medical Technology (EMT Paramedic). Soon after its completion he pursued another associate’s degree in Arts, majoring in Nursing Education, graduating in 2008. During his time at Broward Community College, Rodriguez engaged in multiple activities and was appointed as the president of the Film and Broadcasting Club. Rodriguez also took an “Intro to Photography” class taught by visual artist Teresa Diehl, which turned out to be a life changing experience for him.
In 2009, Rodriguez pursued a bachelor’s degree in Film & Video and a minor in Photography from the Florida Atlantic University. During the course of his study at this university Rodriguez produced multiple short films and presented them in festivals. His photography works were also displayed in galleries, along with several poetry publications in literary magazines.
Rodriguez started working as a paramedic initially and during this time he began shooting as a freelance photographer. Soon after, Rodriguez made a name for himself as an acclaimed visual artist, photographer and a photojournalist in South Florida by getting involved in non-mainstream, underground circles such as outcasts, thugs, fighters, alternative lifestyle communities, private events, fraternities, piercing and body modification groups, and several other people that enjoyed a taboo lifestyle.
Rodriguez has always been passionate about working behind the camera, even so he was also offered a number of acting roles as a paramedic like in Caso Cerrado, a Latin television show and on Shaquille O’Neal’s live TV series Shaq's Big Challenge. Rodriguez’s Blissful Torment was screened at the 4th Annual 1:1 Super 8 Cinema Soiree, IWAN The Bubble in Fort Lauderdale in 2011.
In 2012, Rodriguez founded The Mind of Rey Rey, a multimedia and branding platform that incorporates his diverse range of artistic capabilities. He has worked for a number of known personalities including celebrities like Elvis Crespo who is a renowned Latin musician, elite fighters and fight organizations, athletes, businesses, and professionals from all walks of life.
Rodriguez’s artistic style is widely inspired by his troubled childhood, life experiences and surroundings, and encapsulates the essence of human emotions like pain, despair, lust and anger. With increasing popularity Rodriguez soon brought his aggressive style into the world combat sports, revolutionizing the industry by combining fine-art photography and photojournalism into the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ).
Rodriguez is the recipient of the Irene Fischley Award for Excellence.
Rodriguez’s artwork can found worldwide in galleries, magazines, TV, and many media platforms. He currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
In the media
- Louie, Uncle; music, ContributorEntertainment impresario with two decades experience in the; television; Entertainment, Motion Picture Sectors of (2016-07-05). "Inside The Mind of Rey Rey: MMA Photog and Tour Guide to the Darkside". HuffPost. Retrieved 2020-08-30.
- "The Wicked Beauty Within The Dark Side Of Rey Rey". Loaded. 2016-12-02. Retrieved 2020-08-30.
- Obi, Nedu. "The Mind of Rey Rey Rodriguez Brings "Darkness" to MMA". The MMA Corner. Retrieved 2020-08-30.
- Stories, Local. "Meet Rey Rey Rodriguez of The Mind of Rey Rey - Voyage MIA Magazine | Miami City Guide". Retrieved 2020-08-30.
- Posted by Jae Monique on September 28, 2018 at 11:47am; Blog, View. "Get Into the Mind of Miami Photog Rey Rey". www.paperchaserdotcom.com. Retrieved 2020-08-30.
- "The Hype Magazine Presents: Photographer and Poet, Rey Rey Rodriguez". The Hype Magazine. Retrieved 2020-08-30.